Here are some tips from Hudson Fire/EMS Chief Jerry Varnes on dealing with the cold and snow:

• Keep your house address numbers clear of snow and visible (mailbox, ground signs or wall mounted) so safety forces can find you quickly during an emergency;

• Use caution when shoveling snow or working outside in cold weather. Frostbite and hypothermia strike quickly in subzero temps.;

• Be sure you have a functioning carbon monoxide (CO) detector in your home to give you early warning if you have a CO leak;

• Use extra caution if operating rarely used/unfamiliar fireplaces (open the flue) or space heaters (no flammable/combustible items too close and have proper ventilation);

• If you have a fire hydrant in front of your house…if able, keep it clear of snow so it can be located and accessed easily during an emergency;

• Do not start your car inside your garage and leave it running to warm it up for long periods of time. Even with the garage door open… carbon monoxide can leak into your home affecting you and your family

• If your furnace and/or hot water heater are vented using PVC pipe that exhaust out of the house near the ground rather than up your chimney… be sure snow does not build up and block the exhaust or fresh air intake pipes